Archive for Children

Parenting With Presence, Oct. 19

susan-stiffelmanOur Children’s Center Preschool invites the community to attend a talk on “Parenting With Presence: Raising Confident & Caring Kids” on Wednesday, October 19, 7:00–8:30pm in Creekside. The guest speaker will be Susan Stiffelman, a licensed marriage, family and child therapist, credentialed teacher, educational therapist, Huffington Post columnist, and highly regarded public speaker. Susan is regularly featured in print and broadcast media, including NBC’s Today Show and the Los Angeles Times. In addition, she is the author of the bestselling book Parenting Without Power Struggles and the newly published Parenting With Presence. Admission to her talk is free, but please reserve your spot in advance so the organizers can be adequately prepared. You may also request childcare by contacting Family Resource Center Director Bryn Stuebner.

Celebrating Our Children, May 1

LAUMC children singingChildren’s Celebration Sunday, on May 1, is a special opportunity to celebrate the hard work and the rewards of LAUMC’s weekend Children’s Ministries and weekday Children’s Center Preschool and all of the children involved in our church.

This year’s theme is “Each of us is a flower growing in God’s garden.” Pastor Debbie Weatherspoon will preach at the morning services, and the children will sing. Children’s Center Codirectors Denize Gray and Heidi Bliss will lead a May pole dance/celebration for the Sunday school children at 9:30am.

Children’s Book Drive Through May 1

Child reading smIt’s spring cleaning time! How about sorting through your bookshelves for a good cause? Our preschool, the Children’s Center, is collecting new and gently used picture books through chapter books (please no coloring books) during its annual book drive, April 17 – May 1. Please deliver books to the marked tables in the Children’s Center Multi-Purpose Room. The books will be donated to Help One Child and the Creative Montessori Learning Center of East Palo Alto.

Parenting Education Event: Banishing the Bogeyman, March 23

Finger monsters 300pxOur Children’s Center Preschool has scheduled Patty Wipfler, the founder and program director of the nonprofit Hand in Hand Parenting, to come talk about how to ease children’s fears. All are welcome to come on Wednesday, March 23, at 7:00pm in Creekside to hear Patty present the essential skills parents need to help children overcome their fears. She will share information about the roots of children’s fears, how they indirectly communicate about their fears, and how adults can help them recover from frightening experiences. She will offer several listening tools, simple but practical ways to help children release the tension that locks them into reactive behaviors. Participants will go home with an increased understanding of what makes children tick and with concrete, proven strategies for easing their fears.

The program is free, but please register online for planning purposes. Contact Bryn Stuebner to request childcare or for more information.

Surf Shack Vacation Bible School: June 13–17, 2016

VBS 2016 Surf ShackLos Altos UMC’s Vacation Bible School 2016 will be an amazing week of adventure, games, science projects, crafts, community service, music, snacks, and more! We will inspire and empower our kids to “Catch the Wave of God’s Amazing Love” as we move, act, care, follow, and share God’s love.

Li’l Snappers Program: This VBS session is for 3 ½-year-olds* to 3rd graders. The fun begins at 9:30am and goes until noon. The cost is $95 for the week.

Surf Pros: This VBS session is for 4th through 6th graders. The fun kicks into gear at 9:30am and goes until 2:30pm. This group will go on an off-site field trip one day! The cost is $125 for the week.

button_registerOnline registration is now open. Registration closes May 2518 or when classes are full.

*Children must have turned 3 by December 1, 2015, and must be toilet trained to participate.

If you have any questions about VBS, please contact Lisa Conway, Director of Children’s Ministries.

Scout Sunday, Feb. 7

A Scout Is ReverentOn Sunday, February 7, we will honor our affiliated Boy Scout and Girl Scout troops along with all scouts during our worship services. Senior Pastor Mariellen Yoshino will give the message at the morning services and Pastor Dirk at the evening service. The worship theme is Be Reverent, and the scripture is Hebrews 12:28, 13:1-2, 15-16. Holy communion will be served at all services.

If you are a scout, come to church in your scout uniform! Services are at 8:00am, 9:30am, 11:15am, and 5:00pm. If you would like to participate in worship (greeting, reading, or speaking), please contact either John Vastano (boy scouts and cub scouts) or Anne Murray Segar (girl scouts).

Christmas Eve Services

Join us in the Sanctuary at Los Altos United Methodist Church for one of our special services on Christmas Eve (Thursday, December 24). You can also watch the live Christmas Eve services online. Descriptions of each service are below.

Christmas Eve service times at LAUMC

3:00pm – This will be a traditional family service. Nursery care is available for children up to age 2, but all children are welcome in the service. Senior Pastor Mariellen Yoshino will have a special ornament to give out to the children.

5:00pm – This will also be a traditional family service. This service will be interpreted for the deaf. Nursery care is available. Senior Pastor Mariellen Yoshino will have a special ornament to give out to the children.

7:00pm – This will be a contemporary family service. The youth choirs will sing. Nursery care is provided. Senior Pastor Mariellen Yoshino will have a special ornament to give out to the children.

9:00pm – This will be a traditional candlelight service. This service will be interpreted for the deaf.

11:00pm – This will be a traditional candlelight service.

For more information about our services, please contact the church office at (650) 948-1083.

Help Us Honor Retiring Preschool Director Non Mead

meadAfter 25 years of loving and caring for children in our community, Children’s Center Director Non Mead is retiring. Non has been the director of LAUMC’s preschool for the past 15 years, and she has devoted her time and energy to supporting young families as they navigate this wonderful stage of life. The church and preschool community is invited to two opportunities to celebrate Non’s time with us.

Children’s Celebration Sunday, May 31
Worship: 8:00, 9:30, & 11:15am, Sanctuary
Luncheon: 12:30pm, Creekside

The church will celebrate Non’s instrumental ministry with our preschool children on Children’s Celebration Sunday, May 31, at all morning services. Non will preach at the three morning services. Afterward, all are invited to a luncheon to honor her. If you are able to attend the luncheon, please RSVP here. Cards and notes of wishes and thanks for Non will be welcomed.

Children’s Center Lemonade Social
Sunday, June 7, 2:00–5:00pm, University Club of Palo Alto

The Children’s Center Preschool is hosting a celebration of Non’s contribution to the children and families in our community. This lemonade and cookie social is designed to provide an opportunity for anyone who has been touched by Non’s teaching and guidance to drop by and say hi. There is a large grassy area for play, and we kindly ask that parents supervise their own children. You are invited to stop by to wish Non well in the next chapter of her life. Please RSVP here for planning purposes.

Gift for Non

We can only guess what Non may need as she begins to fully enjoy retirement and time with her precious grandchildren. If you would like to make a monetary retirement gift for Non’s personal use, please make your check payable to Non Mead with “gift” in the memo line. Only the names of the gift givers will be provided to Non. Checks can be sent to the church office or the Children’s Center, or put in the Sunday offering plate. Your direct gift to Non is NOT tax deductible.